Due to its modular and nimble structure, and an abiding commitment to cultivating and deepening in-country partnerships, enhancing existing capacity therein and fostering a spirit of continuous learning, The African Development Imperative maintains a roster of consultants whose expertise can be deployed rather quickly to leverage the particular opportunity at hand. This approach allows us not to become unduly wedded to a rigid or stale way of perceiving seeming challenges or devising appropriate solutions; instead, the method which we employ in each instance is informed by the nature of the issue with which we are confronted, a thoughtful attention to the import of context, a genuine spirit of enquiry, an interdisciplinary ethos and an openness to diverse perspectives.

Adedayo Oluwakayode Adekson

Adedayo Oluwakayode Adekson founded The African Development Imperative (TADI) in 2016 after having amassed extensive experience in the non-profit sector, a for-profit think tank, inter-governmental organizations and academe.  In his current capacity, Adekson oversees and propels TADI's youth-focused initiatives in three discrete but overlapping areas, namely activism and governance, entrepreneurship and innovation, and violent radicalization and extremism mitigation. 


Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. USA
PhD, Political Science, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
MA, Political Science, University of Maryland, College Park
MA, International Development, School of International Service, American University (in conjunction with George Washington University's Center for International Health and American University's School of Public Affairs), Washington, DC
BA, International Studies, School of International Service, American University

Summary of Employment Experience

American University; Service and Development Agency, The African Methodist Episcopal Church; Botswana Development Training Projects, Academy for Educational Development (now christened FHI 360); Advisory Board Company; Center for International Development and Conflict Management; Development Research Group, The World Bank; Department of Peace & Conflict Studies, United Nations-Mandated University for Peace; UNESCO Centre, Ulster University; Freelance Research; Great Lakes Colleges Association/Global Liberal Arts Alliance; Michigan State University


Civil-military and state-society relations; human security; state fragility; issues evident at the confluence of state fragility, underdevelopment, health, inequality and violent conflict; conflict prevention and management; early warning and action; post-conflict reconstruction; peace-building efforts; the political economy of development; economic, political and social underpinnings of conflict and inequality in Africa and its diaspora; role of the private sector, state actors and civil society in fostering just and sustainable development; repercussions of environmental degradation and humanitarian crises, which conflicts often engender, for sustainable development efforts, vibrant and independent associational life, a virile economy and the state; the rule of law; human rights; governance; activism and social entrepreneurship


United States of America


Yoruba, English, French and Spanish

Gaudence Nyirabikali

Gaudence Nyirabikali contributes primarily to TADI initiatives which are subsumed within the Activism and Governance Cluster and occasionally informs our activities in the Violent Radicalization and Extremism Mitigation domain.  In so doing, Nyirabikali marries a grasp of relevant theories with experiences in Angola, Mali, Northern Ireland, South Africa and other contexts where she has undertaken primary and secondary research on peace-building processes and post-conflict reconstruction of state and society.  


Senior Consultant, Activism and Governance


PhD, Peace and Conflict Studies, Ulster University, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
MSc, International and European Relations, Linköping University, Sweden

summary of employment experience and affiliations

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute; UNESCO Centre, Ulster University; Centre for Applied Ethics, Linköping University; Centre for Sustainable Development; Uppsala University; Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)


Conflict resolution and transformation; inclusive societal reconstruction in conflict-affected environments; peace and human rights education; state-society relations in Africa; pluralistic governance; globalization and global justice




Kinyarwanda, French, Swedish and English